McVeigh linked to bomb aliases
Tue Apr 6, 2004 16:29
McVeigh linked to bomb aliases
August 2, 1995
CNN Oklahoma City Bureau Chief Tony Clark
OKLAHOMA CITY (CNN) -- CNN has discovered new information that ties suspect
Timothy McVeigh to the alias used to rent the truck for the bombing of the
Oklahoma City Federal Building. The truck linked to the bombing was rented in
Junction City, Kansas, with a phony driver's license under the name, "Bob
Kling." CNN has found records which indicate McVeigh had been using that same
name months and years before the bombing.
That paper trail could help back up eyewitness identifications of McVeigh as the
man in the sketch who rented the Ryder truck.
CNN ran a computer check on the credit summary for the social security number
for McVeigh, which was made public in court papers filed by prosecutors. Not
only did McVeigh's name come up, but so did credit applications for other names,
under his same social security number, at addresses belonging to McVeigh -- in
New York, Michigan, Kansas and Arizona. McVeigh's social security number was
used in each of those four states to get credit under the name "Robert Kling."
Also found in the computer check: a second alias tied to the bombing. An FBI
affidavit says a storage shed in Herington, Kansas, was rented under the name
"Shawn Rivers" just one week before someone bought a ton of ammonium nitrate
from a farm co-op in Kansas last September.
The same credit records show McVeigh's social security number was used with that
name, Shawn Rivers. Each time, the Rivers name carried McVeigh's own addresses
in the same four states, New York, Michigan, Kansas and Arizona.
The FBI has said McVeigh's fingerprint was found on a receipt for the purchase
of the ammonium nitrate -- the major component in the bomb used in the nation's
worst mass murder case ever.
The credit records were obtained from a publicly available computer data base.
The addresses used with the names of Kling and Rivers include McVeigh's father's
home in Lockport, New York; the Army base at Fort Riley, Kansas; and mail drop
services in Michigan and Kingman, Arizona, rented by McVeigh.
Prosecutors face a deadline at the end of next week to indict McVeigh in the
bombing. His younger sister, Jennifer McVeigh, was due to go before the federal
grand jury Wednesday, under a subpoena to testify against her brother in the
investigation. Sources said she has been promised she will not be prosecuted for
anything she says. But her grand jury testimony remains secret, by law.
McVeigh linked to Ryder truck; truck seen at Nichols' home, witness says
By JAMES BEATY, senior editor Tuesday, April 6, 2004 11:10 AM CDT
The Ryder truck used in the Oklahoma City bombing and fingerprints found on
evidence were highlights of testimony in the trial of accused Oklahoma City
bombing conspirator Terry Nichols.
Eldon Elliott testified Monday at the Pittsburg County Courthouse about renting
a Ryder rental truck from his Junction City, Kan., body shop to a man who
identified himself as Bob Kling.
Elliott said he realized Kling was really Timothy McVeigh after he saw
television reports connecting McVeigh with the bombing.
"I seen it and I said 'That's the guy that rented the truck,"' Elliott told
Oklahoma County Assistant District Attorney Lou Keel. "I was positive."
Elliott said McVeigh reserved the truck on April 14, 1995, with an April 17
pickup date. McVeigh paid $282 in rent for the truck, taking advantage of a
military discount to get a lower price.
Elliott said McVeigh presented a South Dakota driver's license in Kling's name
listing an April 19, 1970, birthdate.
Elliott said McVeigh declined to go outside with him for a walk-around
inspection of the truck.
Another man accompanied McVeigh on one of the trips he made to the body shop,
Under cross examination by Nichols' attorney Brian Hermanson, Elliott said a
drawing made by an FBI sketch artist resembled the second man - who had a
mustache, longish hair and features different from Nichols. Elliott said he
never saw Nichols at the body shop.
In other testimony, a Kansas woman said she saw a yellow Ryder truck near
Nichols' Herington, Kan., home.
Ruth Hailey, of Herington, didn't realize she may have seen the truck used in
the bombing until after she saw reports about it on television.
She said she saw the truck in an alley "behind the house that Terry Nichols
Hailey said she believed she saw the truck on April 17 or 18.
Louis Hupp, a civilian employee with the latent fingerprint division of the FBI,
testifed about finding fingerprints from McVeigh and/or Nichols.
Hupp told Keel he lifted fingerprints on a receipt for ammonium nitrate
fertilizer purchased from the Mid-Kansas Cooperative Association. The FBI found
the receipt during an April 22 search of Nichols' home.
The receipt was made to Mike Havens, who authorities contend is an alias linked
"There were two fingerprints, both fingerprints for Timothy McVeigh," Hupp said.
Hupp said he identified a fingerprint of Roger Moore's on a rifle seized from
Nichols' home. Authorities have alleged the Oklahoma City bombing was partly
financed by robbing Moore, an Arkansas gun dealer.
Hupp also said he lifted some of Nichols' fingerprints from Primadet detonation
cord recovered in Kingman, Ariz.
Hupp also said he recovered fingerprints matched to McVeigh and Nichols on an
April 13, 1995, Wal-Mart receipt for an oil filter. Nichols' fingerprints were
also lifted from a Spotlight telephone calling card.
Prosecutors introduced without comment a U.S. military intelligence briefing
which Hupp said had fingerprints from Nichols and his wife at the time, Marife
Nichols, a native of the Philippines.
William Bodziak, a former FBI agent, told Oklahoma County Assistant District
Attorney Suzanne Lister a track found at a storage shed matched a tire found on
Nichols' blue GMC pickup.
Prosecutors are contending some of the ingredients used in making the Oklahoma
City bomb were stored in the shed, including barrels of racing fuel.
Attorneys planed to question Hupp further today.
Contact James Beaty at
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